Improve Your Interviewing Skills for Podcasts, Blogs, Journalism, and Academic Research

Duncan Koerber, University Professor

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15 Videos (58m)
    • Welcome to the Course!

    • Course Overview

    • Picking the Right People Makes all the Difference

    • Dealing with Nerves

    • Who Should You Interview? And Where to Find Them

    • Interview Length Matters

    • The Best Interview Channel is None at All

    • Methods of Recording In Person

    • Recording Technology and Software for All Purposes

    • The Types of Questions to Elicit the Best Answers

    • The Questioner versus The Listener

    • Using Quotations Effectively

    • Writing Up Interviews

    • How to Make it Flow

    • Using Interviews to Create an Online Following


About This Class

Do you need to interview someone but don’t know where to start? Do you want to create great interviews that attract audiences and listeners? Are you a podcaster, blogger, journalist, or academic researcher looking to improve your interviewing skills?

The interview is a staple of podcasting and journalism today, but it's often badly done. Most interviewers are making key mistakes that are limiting the potential of their interviews. In this course, learn to illuminate a new topic, tell someone's amazing story, and stand out from the millions of interview recordings on the Internet – without ever having to go to journalism school. 

Learn those problems – and how to correct them – in this course taught by an experienced journalist and writing professor. 

The course moves logically through the interview process, including these important topics:

  • Preparation to make sure you are respected as a interviewer
  • Which recording methods to use, as the technological medium can affect you and your interviewee;
  • How to reduce the inevitable nerves that come with doing interviews;
  • The importance of using open-ended questions to get people to open up and tell you fascinating stories; and,
  • How to write up your interviews into blog posts and newspaper or magazine articles that are coherent and interesting to read.

The course also explains the importance of using interview recordings to create an online  following of fans, which is vital for marketing a product or service. 

If you're new to interviewing, the course also provides information on microphones and recording software to get started on interviewing people in-person and online. 

10 of 10 students recommendSee All

Very helpful advice for various interview formats (print, video, and audio). I'm planning to launch a podcast and will be revisiting several of these lessons again.
This quick course provides the student with the essentials, a few examples of interviews that fail and couple examples of successful interviews. The course is a simple primer and I found it helpful for reminding me of principles I already use, pointing out a few mistakes to avoid, and teaching me a few new guidelines along the way.





Duncan Koerber

University Professor

Dr. Duncan Koerber has taught writing and communications courses for the past 10 years at six Canadian universities to thousands of students.

Currently a full-time assistant professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, Duncan Koerber worked for nearly 10 years in reporting and editing roles for the London Free Press, the Mississauga News, and the University of Toronto Medium. He has freelanced for magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star.

Oxford University Press recently published his writing textbook, Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (2015). Available on Amazon, the book considers the seven most common errors (interfering factors) in writing and how to improve them (enhancing factors). His second book, Crisis Communication in Canada, is in the revision process for University of Toronto Press.

Duncan Koerber has been a successful freelance editor, reaching the top 0.01% of editors on Elance. Now, his freelance editing and proofreading agency on Upwork is in the "top rated" category.

Duncan Koerber has a bachelor of arts degree in English, Professional Writing, and Political Science from the University of Toronto (2001), a master of arts degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario (2003), and a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University and Ryerson University (2009).

His academic writing, which focuses on media and journalism history, writing pedagogy, and public relations crisis communication, has been published in the Canadian Journal of Communication, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Journalism History, Media History, Composition Studies, Canadian Journal of Media Studies, and Sport History Review.